Well, isn't it cold and dark? It feels as if it should be at least 5pm and that I should be drawing the curtains when it's really only lunchtime - what's going on? Can't wait for the Spring! Carry on reading for news of my Giveaway to make us all feel less wintery!
So what I have I been up to, apart from doing my accounts and filing my tax return - lots of admin stuff, that's what. Been replying to lots of emails etc. and I started physio for my finger. Think it's going to be a long haul to get back to where I was before the fall, but hopefully I'll be able to do light work soonish. My new designs are all there in my head and some on paper looking like they were drawn by a two year old on an off day, but it's a start!
In the absence of hands-on making, I thought I'd talk about the things that I find inspire me.
1. Shade Cards
Am I the only person who could positively drool over paint charts? Possibly! Wool shops have a similar effect on me. My husband is an artist and he often makes sample charts of colour mixes so they're always around the house. Thankfully I'm also able to produce Pinterest boards of stuff I like and if you're also a Pinterest fan, feel free to follow my boards - isn't it a great idea? Why not follow me on Pinterest http://pinterest.com/slicksilverj/
We have a house full of books. I collect jewellery books and my husband collects art books. The work of Kurt Jackson and Gerhard Richter have inspired several of my dyed aluminium sheets.
I love Paris and the colours and elegance of the buildings (not to mention the patries) always make me want to capture the essence.
4. St. Ives, Cornwall
Possibly my favourite place on earth, beautiful light and stunning scenery with houses tightly packed and clinging to the terrain and golden beach everywhere you look. Fabulous galleries too. No-one could fail to find inspiration in such a place.
5. Rust, Old Brickwork, Peeling Paint
When I see a texture such as this I grab my phone to take a picture. I'm rarely able to capture the texture exactly but often take elements of it into my next piece.
Now obviously this doesn't directly inspire me, but it certainly helps!!
So what inspires you to be creative?
Tell me your answer coupled with the name of your favourite piece currently on my website in any of the collections and I will chose a winner but don't forget to leave me an email address or way of contacting you! The winner will receive something from a collection which hasn't appeared on my website before so I will tell you no more!! Start browsing SlickSilver Jewellery and good luck!
Closing date Thursday 17th January at 5pm